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Prosecutors won’t charge Ohio trooper who masturbated with boy to teach him about sex

Prosecutors declined to charge an Ohio State Patrol trooper with a history of domestic violence who admitted to a sexual encounter with a boy. State trooper Ricky Vitte Jr. told his wife that he had watched a pornographic video and masturbated with the boy five years ago, according to a…

Bidding at eBay nears $100,000 for George Zimmerman’s first-ever painting

After beating the rap on murder charges and a pair of domestic violence cases, George Zimmerman has turned to art. The Florida man is selling his first-ever painted work on eBay and has already attracted nearly 100 bids – and just short of $100,000 – in an auction that ends…

Why Is It So Hard For Friends To Help Abuse Victims?

Sadly, not all victims are packed and ready to leave when they reach out for help. The big idea now in sexual assault prevention is the concept of bystander intervention—educating people on how rapists select and isolate victims so that, if you see it happening, you can intervene—so it seems…

Police tell victims: Call 911 and you’ll get evicted under ‘nuisance’ laws

In Pennsylvania and other states, police can force landlords to evict tenants who officers consider to be a nuisance. According to the New York Times, under so-called “nuisance property” laws, individuals like domestic violence victim Lakisha Briggs of Norristown, PA can be told by police that if they call 911…

Climate change linked to violent behavior

Bring on the cool weather – climate change is predicted to cause extreme weather, more intense storms, more frequent floods and droughts, but could it also cause us to be more violent with one another? A new study from scientists in the US controversially draws a link between increased rates…

Lebanese lawmakers draft law protecting women from domestic violence

A draft law protecting women from domestic violence was approved Monday by a Lebanese parliamentary panel, after years of campaigning by rights groups who welcomed the move as a step forward. The parliamentary committee’s approval comes less than two weeks after 33-year-old Rula Yaaqub was beaten to death by her…

What Do You Do When You See Domestic Violence? Call. The. Police.

Save the dogs (and the women). Sometimes I wonder if Cary Tennis is deliberately fucking with us with his advice column. I don’t know why people write him. The latest edition of his column has a letter that’s as horrifying as his response is glib. A bit of the letter:…

Ex-cop guns down wife after she filed horrifying domestic violence report

A former Pennsylvania state trooper gunned down his estranged wife in the middle of a Philipsburg supermarket on Thursday and then turned his weapon on himself, authorities told The Associated Press. Police said that Mark R. Miscavish, 51, who retired from the force in 2011, used a shotgun to murder…

Colorado sheriff downplays domestic violence to defend gun ownership

A Colorado sheriff this week attacked legislation to ban domestic abusers from having guns by suggesting the crime could be committed by merely breaking a framed photograph. At a town hall meeting on Thursday, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa blasted new gun laws that are expected to be signed…

Conservatives Have….Issues, Part One Million

Molly Ball of the Atlantic decided to delve into why it is that Republicans have caved into conservative pressure groups who oppose the Violence Against Women Act. The reasons that conservatives gave her were, she had to admit, shallow and idiotic and, if she delved in deeper (the claim that…

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